| May 17, 2012
| 8:35 AM
The story of a 24-year-old Georgia graduate student fighting a flesh-eating disease has prompted a microbiologist with the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System to speak out about the infection.
Aimee Copeland lost most of her left leg after the...
| Nov 6, 2012
| 7:25 AM
Hospitals aren't the only places where people can pick up a nasty "superbug.'' A University of Maryland-led team of researchers has found methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, at sewage treatment plants in the mid-Atlantic and the Midwest....
| Dec 17, 2013
| 4:03 PM
Dec 17 (The Sports Xchange) - Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers plans to practice Wednesday, and he said he feels closer to being ready to return after missing the last six games.
However, he didn't sound optimistic his next scan this week will...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 7:36 PM
Ariel Vapor was disheartened when he received the news, but not particularly surprised.
He was HIV-positive.
Seated at the UCI Medical Center, with his skin pockmarked by MRSA [methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus] infections, he knew his...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 4:43 PM
Even healthy children can come down with a case of the flu severe enough to cause death in a matter of days, according to a new report from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In fact, children who were in good health...
| Oct 20, 2013
| 9:20 PM
When we first meet him, Sam Berns is a fairly happy eighth-grader living outside Boston, interested in Legos and science; he dreams of joining the marching band when he starts high school. But he is 13 going on 90, coping with a rare genetic disease...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 11:51 AM
More possible cases of the use of krokodil, the flesh-eating drug popular in Russia and Eastern Europe as a cheaper alternative to heroin, have surfaced in the U.S., this time in a Chicago suburb, health officials said.
Dr. Abhin Singla, an internist ...
| Oct 11, 2013
| 1:05 AM
Concerned about the growing debate about what some call the egregious misuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture? You should be. The outcome could take the sensible use of important medicines out of your hands. Laws have already been proposed and minds...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 9:58 PM
Sadie only needs five minutes to disinfect a hospital room at Hoag Orthopedic Institute.
She does not require rags or soaps. She's not a super-maid. Rather, Sadie is a new germ-zapping robot — the first of her kind to be purchased in Orange...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Q: I recently visited a friend in the hospital. He had internal bleeding. He was put in a private room called "isolation." I asked the nurse if he had an infection. She said, "No, he is colonized with MRSA." What does that mean?
A: All of us are...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 4:43 PM
Beware of magical discoveries: They generally require careful use lest the magic wear off. Even the genie's lamp gave only three wishes.
Antibiotics, which at one point were viewed as miracle drugs providing cures for previously fatal illnesses, are...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 5:20 AM
Nothing gets our attention like pain.
But pain is more than the body’s miniature cattle prod to get us to heed a wound, rest a swollen ankle, or stop eating chili peppers. Pain may be the language between animals and microbes.
Far from being a...